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How to Write a Letter to the District Attorney

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									How to Write a Letter to the District Attorney
There are many reasons for writing a letter to the District Attorney
(D.A.), including being a witness in a case or a victim involved in a
case. If you are the defendant in a case in which the District Attorney's
office is involved, do not make any contact with the District Attorney's
office, either in writing or by phone, without speaking to your attorney.
Follow these steps to write a letter to the District Attorney.

<Steps
1Speak to an attorney before you contact the District Attorney's office.
If you have any liability for what you put in writing to the prosecutor's
office, you should get legal advice prior to talking to anyone at the
D.A.'s office. The District Attorney and the attorneys that work for him
have no obligation to protect your interests.<
2Think about why you feel compelled to write a letter to the District
Attorney. If you want the office to investigate a crime, the letter
should go to the police department. If you are a victim of a crime,
report the matter to the police department prior to speaking to the
District Attorney's office.
3Write the letter using a business letter format. Business letters are
used to correspond with professionals.Type your name, complete address
and phone number in the top left corner of the page. Your complete
information is needed for the District Attorney to correspond with you if
necessary.
Date the letter, then double space and put your recipient's official
address. The official address includes the name of the office followed by
the address, then the name of the attorney to which you want the letter
directed.
Address the District Attorney as "Mr.", "Mrs." or "Ms." followed by the
attorney's last name. This is a sign of respect that is necessary in a
business letter.

4Draft the body of the letter. Use the first paragraph to summarize the
purpose of your letter. After the initial paragraph, use as many
additional paragraphs as are necessary to state the purpose of your
letter.Create your letter so that the reader knows exactly what you are
saying with as few words as possible. This may mean you need to organize
your thoughts by brainstorming prior to writing the letter. Brainstorming
means that you write down your issues or points using 1 or 2 words. After
you've written down the issues, prioritize them in the order of
importance.

5Conclude your letter with 1 paragraph thanking the District Attorney for
reading your letter. Suggest that she can contact you should she have a
need to discuss your issues further.
6Sign the bottom of your letter with either a blue or black pen. Using a
pencil or another color isn't professional.
7Follow up with a phone call 2 weeks after the letter has been received
if you believe it is necessary.<

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<Sources and Citations
http://www.letterwritingguide.com/complaint.htm
http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/complaint/complaint-letter.shtml

								
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